|Also, based on these early reports (granted, they are limited in terms of numbers), there are some very practical features missing from previous Sony DAP iterations (I have the A818 as well).|
|To me, the Touch 2G SQ is excellent, as I don't get that brittle sound Soozieq mentions, especially when I move to the LOD/amp setup. I would hate to give that up, and I would have to do that to finance the X1000.|
My opinion is that if someone wanted to buy the X1000 just for the SQ, and use it just as a music player, then they wouldn't be disappointed (especially if they already like the traditional Sony sound). And as far as price is concerned, well, I bought my A829 for £220 from Amazon UK almost on the day it was released a year ago, and there was no discount. So that was £220 for 16GB. Now one year later, I can get double the capacity for just £29 more and get a bigger and more beautiful screen at the same time.
I think if there was a version available without the laughable browser, and it was priced at around £220 - it would be an amazing deal for what is essentially, a very nice little player. Even at £249 it's good value.
But no one should buy it in the hope that it will replace the Touch for browsing. It won't, it doesn't, it's rubbish! Buy it as a 32GB mp3 player for £249, pretend it doesn't have WiFi and then the deal's not so bad